Monthly Archives: August 2010

Great Little Gadget – The Gymboss

Admit it … the watch we wear on our wrist could launch the Atlantis, but most of us can’t figure out how to work the darn interval timer to time a track workout or a Tabata protocol. Continue reading


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Happy Hips

The adult human has 206 bones linked in a variety of ways (… “the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone, thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone, the hip bone’s connected to the back bone … ”).  Our skeleton literally supports us as we function in the world.  While the hinge joint of the elbow allows movement in only one direction, the knee’s hinge joint permits some “swiveling.”  The thumb moves across the palm of the hand thanks to a saddle joint, and a pivot joint in the forearm allows twisting of the wrist.  The most range of movement, however, is provided by a “ball and socket” joint.  The hip, with the head of the femur tucked snugly into the socket of the pelvis, is a perfect example.  The hip provides an ideal balance between mobility and stability, and figures prominently in the well-being of runners as well as other bipeds. Continue reading

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Countdown to the Tough Mudder …

“Tough what?” our friends ask.  “Tough Mudder,” we reply.

“But why?” they mumble.  “Why not?” we respond.

I’ve had some time since tapping the “send” button to reflect on the decision to join legions of people younger than my own children in this craziness, and it boils down to 3 reasons that are easy to articulate and easy to defend. Continue reading


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Basic Equipment for a Home Fitness Program (Part 4 of 4)

Welcome to our final installment on basic equipment for your home fitness program!  We’re wrapping up this series with our last 2 recommendations for equipment for your personal home gym with an focus on function and simplicity.  (We, at  KissWorkouts, understand that if you can’t Keep it Short and Simple, you’re likely not going to stay with any fitness program!)

Sandbag:  We know this seems like an odd item to have in your fitness arsenal and, quite frankly, it needn’t be your first acquisition.  However, most people could do a lot worse than having a sandbag of their very own. (C’mon … you wouldn’t share your stick deodorant with just anyone, would you?)  A sandbag, like a pillowcase filled with angry cats, is an unstable

Old duffle + playground sand + freezer bags + duct tape + trash bag = awesome piece of workout gear. (Using a bathroom scale, we made each little bag 5#, making it easy to adjust the weight!)

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